‘Failed’ Anti-Drug Campaign Breeds Rights Violations, Amnesty Says

The government’s anti-drug crusade since 2017 has resulted in “serious and systematic” human rights violations against drug users rather than achieving its goal of reducing drug use in the country, rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a new report.

Cambodia’s “war on drugs” has resulted in arbitrary arrests and detentions of drug users, denial of fair trial rights, severely overcrowded prisons and drug detention centers where detainees face violent abuse, and various other rights violations, according to the report released on Wednesday.

But officials this week said that the government’s efforts against drug use and trafficking have been “successful,” and dismissed the report’s allegations of abuse.

In full: https://vodenglish.news/failed-anti-drug-campaign-breeds-rights-violations-amnesty-says/

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